Planet Ocean

Voyage to the Heart of the Marine Realm

By Laurent Ballesta; Pierre Descamp; Jean-Michel Cousteau (Introduction by)
(National Geographic, Hardcover, 9781426201868, 368pp.)

Publication Date: November 6, 2007

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Spanning the vast range of Earth's marine environments, from Greenland to the Polynesian Islands, Planet Ocean reveals hidden landscapes of unsurpassed beauty and awe. These fascinating undersea worlds occupy more than three quarters of the globe, and their natural richness is the source of all life—yet they are still poorly understood.

With engaging text and more than 400 photographs presented in a stunning oversize format, authors Laurent Ballesta and Pierre Descamp lead readers on a compelling voyage of discovery. Each page reveals a new marvel, from the exuberance of underwater forests to the delicate intimacy of octopuses and the extreme survival methods of creatures in the Antarctic. More than 25 essays from leading scientists highlight topics such as aquaculture and global warming—for in addition to celebrating earth's marine life, Planet Ocean helps readers understand the threats that weigh on the oceans and why we must protect the incredible diversity of plants and animals there. The World Conservation Union has partnered on the project to ensure an accurate, timely, and interesting presentation of this very important subject.

Visually rewarding and excellently priced, Planet Ocean will inspire and inform as it entices us to explore the colorful world beneath the sea.

About the Author

Laurent Ballesta is an underwater photographer, biologist, and professional diver. An authority on the marine environment, he is a three-time Gold Palm recipient in the World Festival of the Underwater Image.

Pierre Descamp is a marine biologist who specializes in the conservation of marine ecosystems. The author of many studies and scientific publications, he works in France and abroad.

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